Posted by: Jack | March 13, 2010

Geneva Motor Show 2010

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bit of a fan of cars. I’ve thought that having a nice, new, top of the range car showed that things were looking good in your life so clearly I aspire to possess one of these wonderful machines! Although I’d like to point out that I’m not the car version of a trainspotter, I simply enjoy the new concepts and performance of cars coming out, and arguably even a few old ones. One of the most anticipated events of the motor industry calendar, its the Geneva Motor Show! Which means the exhibition of new supercars, evolving everyday vehicles and even a few wacky concepts chucked in here and there. There are so many cars that get shown at Geneva that I couldn’t possibly talk about all of them, therefore I’ve picked a bunch that caught my eye and peaked my interest, though however as you will see, some for better reasons than others.

Audi A1 – I’ve always been a fan of little cars and small hatchbacks so naturally the Audi A1 seemed just the sort of thing I’d like to see at Geneva. Audi looks like it seems to want to get in on the ever-increasing market for superminis/city cars etc and I don’t blame them. What with the Mini and Fiat 500 being as popular as they are, it would make sense to try and take a market share slice of the pie. On looks I think the A1 is fantastic, the typical Audi grill and headlights style have always been favourites of mine. Plus the kind of rails that run down the sides of the car look very chic. Buyers will have the choice of a 1.2 petrol or 1.4 diesel, and from what I’ve read the diesel should do at least 70 mpg. Hopefully the A1 will take off once it goes on sale, I mean sure I like the Mini and the Fiat 500, but its nice to see some diversity eh?

Peugeot SR1 – This car just looks amazing, and its a Peugeot! Peugeot haven’t really shown many gob-smacking cars before but this one looks incredible. At the moment, this roadster is only a concept but if it gets through to production then I’m sure there will be more than a few who will want to buy one. Almost in the same sense as Audi, Peugeot seem to want to diversify the range of cars that they sell, I guess this means a higher chance of making a profit, especially in such money clinching times. Suprisingly, the SR1 would have a 1.6 petrol engine on its front axle and a 96 hp electric motor on the rear axle. For starters, I’d have assumed just by looking at this car that the engine would have been alot bigger than that, and secondly I would have thought that even if it was this kind of hybrid, that the petrol engine would have been running the rear axle. However I suppose a rear-wheel drive gas-guzzling Peugeot sports car wouldn’t have done very well for its green credentials. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing the SR1 especially with a design like that!

Aston Martin Cygnet – Now this just made me laugh. The thought of Aston Martin evokes in my mind big cars, powerful engines and they normally seem very impressive. The Cygnet unfortunately is none of those things. Lets put what I said into perspective, Ok, this is an ASTON MARTIN…Now you’ve said that and looked at the picture, I think you understand what I mean. It looks as though someone has very carefully squished a Vantage in on itself. Many critics have brought up the issue of its basis on the Toyota iQ, which is definitely cheaper than the proposed 30k for the Cygnet. My verdict, bad move Aston Martin.

Nissan Juke – Here Nissan gives us the Juke. If a Qashquai and a Micra had a car baby, the Juke is the hideous creation that would be born. Nissan officials desrcibe its new mini 4×4 looks as “challenging,” I think they hit the nail on the head there. Apparently young urbanites are meant to be the poor souls who are destined to buy this vehicle, thank god I’m not one of them. This picture does not do complete justice to its design as the back looks almost as bad as the front. Plus, I am against this new category of car that has been slowing creeping in over the past few years known as SUV Crossovers and mini 4x4s, which have no specified role or reason for being. Nissan Juke? More like a Nissan Joke.

Porsche 918 Spyder – Now I’m not usually a fan of Porsches, with the exception of the Carrera GT. However I do like the look of the 918 Spyder. In looks it seems similar to the GT, which is no bad thing, but also I am astounded by its performance capabilities. This car apparently can do a lap of the Nurburging in approx 7 mins and this car is a hybrid!! Two electric motors adding 218 bhp to the car plus a V8 petrol engine has made this car even faster than the GT! Astounding. The front splitter and wheels are also nice design features on this car. The wheels look almost as if they are encased in some kind of polymer, very cool. If Porsche produce more cars like this in the future, then I’m sure that this manufacturer could become one of my favourites.

Audi RS5 – Yes, yes I’ve chosen another Audi but what can I say, I like em. Big fan of the previous RS4 model before it was changed again and liked its mix of power combined with the reliable and sturdy quattro 4-wheel drive system, hopefully the RS5 can deliver the same feeling I had with the RS4. Clearly its main rival is going to be the new BMW M3 which I hope loses to the Audi seeing as most people given the choice, in my opinion, if given the choice would pick the M3. I hope the RS5 changes that. A 4.2 litre V8 under the bonnet means that this thing is going to back a punch on both the straights and into the corners (hopefully with the handling prevailing) where its 4-wheel drive will keep it in the right place at the right time.

I went with some more normal kind of cars here to review but feel free to check out the Geneva show and see some of the weird concepts. Honda has some kind of weird 3 wheeled scooter thing that I’m guessing will be marketed as the future of travel, plus Ferrari’s lack luster hybrid sports car. Its an interesting time especially with the demand for cars to be more ‘green’ so there are more and more suprises to be found.


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